Many Rwandans live with a disability, due to polio, traffic accidents or the 1990-94 conflicts. However, the disabled have long been marginalised in the society. Their sports opportunities have also been few, and the paralympic movement fairly unknown.
Founding of the Rwandan National Paralympic Committee in 2001 has made a tremendous change. The committee aims at integrating the disabled into the Rwandan society, and its athletes have already enjoyed some great successes in international competitions.